Marilyn Houlberg Collection

Marilyn Jensen Houlberg was a leading expert on the arts and culture of Haitian Vodou. She was Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and Professor Emeritus of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, having taught there since 1974.

Fondly known as “Mambo Marilyn”, she spent many years living, studying, and doing research in Haiti. Marilyn befriended many artists and most all of the Flag makers in P-au-p at the time. She became an intermediary to help them sell their art and their Flags. Marilyn was also an outstanding curator and was the co-curator of the groundbreaking Exhibit “Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou” along with Donald Cosentino of UCLA Fowler Museum fame. She also co-curated “In Extremis”, also by the UCLA Fowler Museum, and “Mami Wata”, by John Drewal. Marilyn had a truly unusual and funky gallery/studio in Chicago which housed not only her art, but a shrine to Elvis Presley, and many large scale sculptures by the Atis Rezistans artists of the Grand Rue, and others by Pierrot Barra of the iron Market, and many other African pieces acquired from her worldwide travels. Marilyn was a true scholar, a friend, and a force in the world of Haitian Art.


Guede Roussou Mazaca, 1990-2000s
Guede Roussou Mazaca, 1990-2000s
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Baron LaCroix, 1990-2000s
Baron LaCroix, 1990-2000s
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Jan Zombi, 1990-2000s
Jan Zombi, 1990-2000s
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Puritan Vodou, 2000s
Puritan Vodou, 2000s
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Papa Dambala Ouedo, 1950-1960s
Papa Dambala Ouedo, 1950-1960s
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Demeplaire LaCroix, 1950-1960s
Demeplaire LaCroix, 1950-1960s
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Geude / St. Gerard, 1990s
Geude / St. Gerard, 1990s
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LaSirene Labaleine, 1990-2000s
LaSirene Labaleine, 1990-2000s
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Marassa Trois, 1990-2000s
Marassa Trois, 1990-2000s
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Agou Potocoli, 1990-2000s
Agou Potocoli, 1990-2000s
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Reine La Diablesse, 1990-2000s
Reine La Diablesse, 1990-2000s
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San Nicolas Debare, 1990-2000s
San Nicolas Debare, 1990-2000s
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Baron Samedi, 1990-2000s
Baron Samedi, 1990-2000s
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Agaou Potocoli, 1990-2000s
Agaou Potocoli, 1990-2000s
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Marasa Trois, 1990-2000s
Marasa Trois, 1990-2000s
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Guedeh Nibo, 1990-2000s
Guedeh Nibo, 1990-2000s
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Mazaca et Guedeh LaCroix, 1990-2000s
Mazaca et Guedeh LaCroix, 1990-2000s
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Ceremony Nago Flavodou, 1990-2000s
Ceremony Nago Flavodou, 1990-2000s
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Baron Criminnel, 1990-2000s
Baron Criminnel, 1990-2000s
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Guedee Nibo, 1990-2000s
Guedee Nibo, 1990-2000s
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Baron LaCroix, 1990-2000s
Baron LaCroix, 1990-2000s
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Pierre Dambalah negre, 1990-2000s
Pierre Dambalah negre, 1990-2000s
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Maitre Jeans i mon brutus, 1990-2000s
Maitre Jeans i mon brutus, 1990-2000s
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Alouiyawe, 1990-2000s
Alouiyawe, 1990-2000s
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Dambalah, 1990-2000s
Dambalah, 1990-2000s
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Danbhalah e aiDahwedo, 1990-2000s
Danbhalah e aiDahwedo, 1990-2000s
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Guede  mazaka, 1990-2000s
Guede mazaka, 1990-2000s
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Danbala la flambeau, 1990-2000s
Danbala la flambeau, 1990-2000s
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Baron Brigite, 1990-2000s
Baron Brigite, 1990-2000s
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